The Mozambican National Roads Administration has secured funding of US$240 million to lay asphalt on a section of National Road 13 linking the towns of Cuamba and Lichinga, the capital of Niassa province, the director general of the National Roads Administration said.
Cited by radio station Rádio Moçambique, Cecílio Grachane said that the funding provided by the African Development Bank would make it possible to lay asphalt on a 230 kilometre section of a total 320 kilometres separating Cuamba from Lichinga.
The public tender for selection of the contractors will be launched at the beginning of 2013, Grachane said adding that the project would be split into two section, the second of which, between Muita and Massangulo, would cost US$150 million.
The funding needed to lay asphalt on the section of road between Massangulo and Lichinga will be requested next year from the countries and international organisations that provide aid to Mozambique, Grachane said.
The Lichinga-Cuamba road is of great importance for the development of Niassa province as it provides access to the port of Nacala, the main gateway for products sold in the province. (macauhub)